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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – December 24, 2002
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There’s nothing like vagabonding: taking time off from your normal life—from six weeks to four months to two years—to discover and experience the world on your own terms. In this one-of-a-kind handbook, veteran travel writer Rolf Potts explains how anyone armed with an independent spirit can achieve the dream of extended overseas travel. Now completely revised and updated, Vagabonding is an accessible and inspiring guide to
• financing your travel time
• determining your destination
• adjusting to life on the road
• working and volunteering overseas
• handling travel adversity
• re-assimilating back into ordinary life
Updated for our ever-changing world, Vagabonding is an indispensable guide for the modern traveler.
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“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.”—Rick Steves
“Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written.”—Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside
“A crucial reference for any budget wanderer.”—Time
“Potts has synthesized more than six years’ worth of road experiences into an unusual travel guide that’s much more than a how-to manual for open-ended journeys. With wit, insight and flair, he has created an inspiring philosophical handbook about living life as an adventure. . . . Vagabonding is an inspiring read for anyone who has ever contemplated taking an extended break.”—The Globe and Mail
“Vagabonding [is] chock-full of tips and first-person accounts about how to journey frugally and well.”—National Geographic Traveler
“Potts makes a valuable contribution to our thinking, not only about travel, but about life and work. And he leaves us with a prescription for making our lives more meaningful and more fun.”—The Boston Globe
“Vagabonding packs a serious philosophical punch and has a cult-like following among independent travelers. I’m warning you, though: This book may well inspire you to quit your job, sell the house and leave on an extended adventure.”—The Oregonian
“Recommended reading.”—The Washington Post
“For those who just want to enjoy the journey, Rolf Potts’ Vagabonding combines practical tips for getting happily lost with a genuine love for life on the road.”—Toronto Star
“In Vagabonding, Potts lays out an easy-tofollow yet philosophically deep approach to achieving the travel dreams so many of us assume we have neither the time or money for.”—Philadelphia Weekly
“Vagabonding is one of the best books out there to think about travel in a whole new way. Rather than going to places for just a few days and cramming in seeing all the sights, it suggests that if we can we should spend weeks or months rather than days in a place. That way we can get to know the culture and people or even become part of it.”—Business Insider
- ASIN : 0812992180
- Publisher : Villard Books; 1st edition (December 24, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780812992182
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812992182
- Item Weight : 6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So when I was working and listening to the Tim Ferriss podcasts and how he sounded so passionate about travel, it rekindled that fire. I picked up a couple of other travel books and it seemed, no matter what or who, this book was mentioned. I hesitated because I couldn't explain the price when so much is free on the net. However, I finally did it when I realized it wasn't a simple purchase but an investment to my desires and dreams.
I regret not buying this sooner! It was multiple times more useful from it's impressive amount of knowledge and links and book names to further enhance one's study to wherever in the world one wants to go! For the first time since the Corps, I'm looking at long term travel again - but on my terms! Thank you Rolf, for this work of art, and to all those who helped push this book. I add my name to that list proudly! Again, this isn't a simple purchase of fancy, this is a great self-investment with huge returns!
Five or six years later I re-read it, which helped put into motion a plan that ultimately led to a three-month solo trip in Latin America, my first time outside my own country. I took the book along as my travel companion and appreciated it in a different light compared to when I was just in the planning and dreaming stages.
The book is not for every type of traveler, and some of the more logistical advice is probably a bit dated now, but for those that see travel (especially solo travel) as a romantic yet intimidating act, Vagabonding can be your spirit guide to an undertaking that will change your life.
This book is an intellectual toolkit for any traveler. It not only lays out a dense amount of valuable and practical advice for many travel topics but it will also work out your mind from the easy chair of your living room.
I have read Rolf's (the author) writings before and was excited to see he was writing a book. I love many travel writers but Rolf is the first to truly represent a younger and recent generation. To spite his youth he doesn't fall into the Gen-X trap of all cynicism and no substance instead his wit and style fall more into an updated Catcher in the Rye vibe.
I recommend if you love his book, become a daily reader of his website, where he posts daily musings and travel quotes. What I strongly recommend against is paying attention to the crackpot that listed the stay at home parenting book as a counter choice to Vagabonding. Clearly this person didn't bother to read Rolf's book, because its clear message isn't about making a life choice of travel over family responsibility, if anything its message is about living your life to its fullest potential so you can experience a life without regret. Something tells me there would be many more happy relationships and families if more people knew more about the big planet out there and followed their unrealized dreams.
Take the challenge and read this book.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, the language used it very fluent and a joy to read. Quotes from other writing, philosophers, travelers made it all the more appealing. There are some accounts of specific places and situation he visited to go along with the writing. It's fairly organised, but even if you don't feel it is the individual sections help target specific information you may need. It certainly made me feel a ease and provided more insight into traveling.
Shout out to Tim Ferris for recommending this book.
I think one can spend their entire life rediscovering aspects of their home town, and therefore life doesn't need to constantly be about travel.
This book completely changed my view on travel, and expense!
I have put off traveling for too long, thinking that it would cost me far to much, and that I would never be able to sustain
such adventures long enough due to money.
This book has put everything into perspective. I greatly look forward to taking what I have learnt,
and to embark on life changing travels across the world.
I now know how to do it, how I can afford it, and most importantly; I have no fear of doing it.